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1743]
To Horace Mann
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by his father's death, which I mentioned. I think her lucky in Sturges's death, and him lucky in dying. He had outlived resentment; I think had almost lived to be pitied7. I forgot to thank you about the model, which I should have been sorry to have missed. I long for all the things, and my Lord more. Am I not to have a bill of lading, or how?
^ I never say anything of the Pomfrets, because in the great city of London the Countess's follies do not make the same figure as they did in little Florence. Besides, there are such numbers here who have such equal pretensions to be absurd, that one is scarce aware of particular ridicules.
I reaUy don't know whether Yanneschi be dead; he married some low Englishwoman, who is kept by Amore-voli; so the Abbate turned the Opera every way to his profit. As to Bonducci8, I don't think I could serve him; for I have no interest with the Lords Middlesex and Holderness, the two sole managers. Nor if I had, would I employ it, to bring over more ruin to the Operas. Gentlemen directors, with favourite abb<§s and favourite mistresses, have almost overturned the thing in England. You will plead my want of interest to Mr. Smith9 too: besides, we had buffos here once, and from not understanding the language, people thought it a dull kind of dumb-show. We are next Tuesday to have the Miserere of Eome. It must be curious! the finest piece of vocal music in the world, to be performed by three good voices, and forty bad ones, from Oxford, Canterbury, and the farces! There is a new subscription formed for an Opera next year, to be carried on by the Dilettanti,
7  Mr. Sturges had been a passion of Lady Walpole's.
8  Bonducci was a Florentine AbbS, who translated some of Pope's works into Italian.    Walpole.
0 The English Consul at Venice. Walpole—Joseph   Smith,   a  well-
known, collector of books, manuscripts, pictures, coins, and gems. The collection of hooka sold by him to George III was the nucleits of that King's library, which is now in the British Museum.
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